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hogwarts201
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PostSubject: PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN   Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:02 pm

A Prayer for the people of Japan


Prayer


God is our refuge and our strength. An ever present help in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1

God of healing and mercy, we come before you with our hearts filled with grief as we see the devastation in Japan.
We pray that your presence would be felt by those who are grieving, who are injured, who have lost their homes and livelihoods.
We pray for wisdom and safety for those who are responding to the people in need.
We pray for wisdom and safety for those who continue to deal with the many challenges left by the earthquake and tsunami, particularly those struggling to contain damaged nuclear reactors.
We pray for the church in Japan, that it can be a light in the darkness, a witness to your compassion and care for all who suffer.
God, you are our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. For this we give you thanks and ask that you hear our prayers for the people of Japan.

Amen



Responsive Reading


Leader: Creator God, you have created the heavens and the earth, the seas and the mountains and all that dwell within them. How majestic is your name! Who are we, mere people, that you are so mindful of us, blessed by your eternal love? Help us Lord, to be still and know that you are God. Lord in your mercy,

People: Hear our prayers.

Leader: Listening God, you hear the cries of those in anguish – in Japan, in Libya, in Ivory Coast, in Egypt, in Sudan, in Afghanistan, in so many places around the world, shaken by earthquakes and wars, flooded by tsunamis and violence. Bring comfort to those who mourn, strength to those who suffer, healing to those who are afflicted. Lord in your mercy,

People: Hear our prayers.

Leader: Forgiving God, we confess that we do not always know how to respond to stories of despair and disaster. Forgive us when we react in ignorance or are overwhelmed by all that we see and hear and do not act at all. Lord in your mercy,

People: Hear our prayers.

Leader: Compassionate God, whose love never fails, teach us again how to love as you do, that we might be your hands and feet in the world, bringing water to those who thirst, food to those who hunger, clothing for those who are naked, shelter for those who are homeless, medicine for those who are sick, friendship to those who are imprisoned. Help us to see the world as you see it. Lord in your mercy,

People: Hear our prayers.

Leader: In all these things, we come asking that you guide us by your Spirit. Lord in your mercy

People: Hear our prayers.

All: in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
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PostSubject: Re: PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN   Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:09 pm

Good and gracious God,

Our words fail...
they fail to adequately describe the events in Japan.
They fail to express the depth of our sympathy.
They fail to encapsulate the immensity of the tragedy.
They fail to contain the breadth of our emotions.
They fail to convey the commiseration in our souls.

Yet, we fling these deficient vessels toward you.
Because we must.

We fling our words of concern, of care, of compassion
towards you,
even though they, at times, feel remarkably inefficient -
even though they, at times, are bumbling and reckless -
even though they, at times, are a poor attempt
to divulge the sorrows of our very souls.

We fling them because we must.
We fling them because we know that you
do not measure the worthiness of the vessel,
but look to the sincerity of the messenger.

So, we groan our prayer.
We groan for the people of Japan,
and all the people of the Pacific,
faced with this tragedy.
We groan from the depths of our souls,
bypassing the words that fail us
and reaching into the language of our spirits.

Hear our prayers, our God.
Inspire us to be a part of your response to this tragedy.
Comfort us and those effected
in the knowledge that,
through your people,
and in relationship with you,
you can weave something beautiful
out of the tattered mess we have before us.

Grant peace to those who have passed from this life,
comfort to those they have left behind,
strength to those who will be recovering from this for years to come,
and wisdom to the leaders
whose responsibility it will be to guide their people back from the brink of disaster.

May we trust in the new life
of which this time of year brings.
May we trust in the renewal of spirit
to which Easter points.
Remind us that, at the core of your grace,
is the knowledge that death and destruction,
will never prevail.
You bring new life where once there was none,
hope where it has been lost,
and peace in the midst of turmoil.

Let us never forget,
that we, your people,
are part of your solution.

Let us never forget
when we respond
to form partnerships,
not dictatorships.

Let us recognize and honor
the dignity of the people
of Japan.

Amen.
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